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Alabama: Christian Coalition says Choctaws gave funds from non-gambling revenue

The Birmingham News reports: Alabama Christian Coalition leaders said Friday a 2000 contribution they received from a Mississippi casino interest did not violate their policies because the money came from the Indian tribe's non-gaming funds.

The Christian Coalition of Alabama on Friday released the results of an internal investigation prompted by disclosures that money raised for the group by conservative activist Ralph Reed came from the Mississippi Choctaws, a tribe that operates casinos.

Coalition Chairman Bob Russell and President John Giles said the group never knew the Choctaws were behind the donation. ...

Giles said the coalition didn't violate its policy against accepting gambling proceeds, because, according to Reed and tribe officials, the funds came from the tribe's non-gaming ventures. The tribe runs manufacturing facilities in addition to the Pearl River Resort casinos. -- Coalition: Donation adhered to policy